Author Archives: Michael Johnston

Vox Humana, English Suite, Beethoven’s Ruin, and Drdla’s Souvenir

Greetings! At this time, the snow and ice in Charlotte are retreating; they say that when the melting is this slow, the remaining snow is simply waiting around for the next batch. February’s selection represents wide variety in styles and … Continue reading

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Giving Young People A Chance To Play An Organ

Youngsters Try Out Town Hall Organ Giving young musicians a chance to play a large organ can stimulate the interest to continue training in the organ field. Organizations and individuals should take it upon themselves to make this happen regularly. … Continue reading

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How the Hammond Changed Gospel Music

Hammond Organ Laid The Tracks For Gospel’s Hit Train I would like to draw your attention to this radio report from Anne Ford on National Public Radio. It describes how Black Churches were heavy consumers of that great Hammond Organ … Continue reading

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Most Reverend Hopes Offers Blessing for Organ

Sweet Music as Cromer Church Organ Blessed I don’t know of as many blessings given for electronic organs as for pipe organs, but the purpose and effect is surely the same. Has anyone information on Welwyn, the manufacturer? I’ve not … Continue reading

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They Are All Playing Pieces that I Love Dearly

22nd Annual Robert and Joyce Jones Organ Conference You will enjoy reading about this outstanding annual conference. The article contains detailed information on what is going on and who is playing during this great Baylor tradition. The 22nd Annual Robert … Continue reading

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A New Concert Series Is A Great Beginning

New Music Director Knows Key to Organ Concert Success What a nice story about a newly-hired organist! One of the goals of any good organist should be to start or continue a concert series. Bravo, Karissa! With the ink still … Continue reading

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Is There Any Barckhoff Left?

Historic Pipe Organ Makes Comeback And sometimes a “comeback” is impossible. The console above doesn’t remind one of an 1890 Barckhoff. I wonder how much of the pipes and chests are original. Perhaps someone has a recording? Bob Moody will … Continue reading

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Prompt and Friendly Service for The Lost Chord

“The Lost Chord music arrived today in perfect condition. Thanks for your prompt and friendly service!” —Missouri, USA

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Heritage Lottery Fund Grant for 1866 William Hill Organ

Organ Music Returns to the Cathedral of Coquetdale Once again, a National Heritage Lottery is a much better idea than this “Power Ball” thing I keep reading about in the USA. All Saints Church, known as the Cathedral of Coquetdale, … Continue reading

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Residents Complain about Loud Organ Music

Baseball’s ‘Moronic Organ Music’ Too Loud for Residents You know I am fond of organ music where ever it may be found. You know that I will post interesting stories about organs in sports facilities and about the organists who … Continue reading

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